Amazon looking to launch up to 8 Alexa-powered devices

Laverne Mann
September 20, 2018

Amazon is all set to introduce a range of Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year. Oh, and a voice-controlled microwave. Among those could be a microwave oven, a subwoofer, an amplifier, and an "in-car gadget".

Amazon could be planning to seriously beef up its line of Alexa-enabled devices. It's worth noting that the company launched an SDK to help auto makers integrate the assistant into their vehicle entertainment systems last month, so it may have had this in the works for quite some time.

The news comes via CNBC, which reports that at least eight new Alexa-powered products are on the way which include a subwoofer, an amplifier and a receiver.

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Amazon's new product lineup is interesting considering the company's serious move to home appliances. Unfortunately, they did not reveal what will be unveiled later this month, when Amazon is expected to unveil some of these devices. The company is reported to be working on a secretive home robot, as well, according to Bloomberg.

Amazon, of course, declined to comment about the news. Developers who put the toolkit to work will be able to take advantage of four new features. If true, this could also mark Amazon's debut in the home appliance market, something Apple and Google are yet to make inroads. And in its most recent earnings report, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hinted at his ambition for making Alexa more widely used. Earlier this year, it partnered with home builder Lennar to include two Echo speakers in certain new homes and provide visits by Amazon technicians. Though Alexa already enjoys a very popular presence on the market, it faces growing competition from Google via its Google Assistant and Home products.

Amazon doesn't disclose sales numbers for the Echo, but has previously said "tens of millions" of Alexa-enabled devices sold worldwide.

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